Dealing with business

Serious business

Serious business

Two months ago, on the 6th of August, I was invited to hold an interesting press conference. About a dozen journalists, all belonging to one newspaper, grilled me for a good two hours. After my brief statement on the opposition party, they fired away rapid questions ranging from politics and business to media, my blog and my nickname, Massive. Our discussions that day were never published – the press conference was, in fact, a practice session. I suppose that was why we had so much fun.

But by last week, those very same journalists were no longer practicing. And on the 26th of September, they launched Business Bhutan, our country’s fifth newspaper.

Business Bhutan, a weekly, is Bhutan’s first financial paper. With two daily newspapers (Bhutan Today and Kuensel) and two weeklies (Bhutan Observer and Bhutan Times) already dominating the newsstands, I was afraid for Business Bhutan and their young journalists. No longer. Their first two issues tell me that they may already have the ability to deal successfully in a crowded news market. Business Bhutan’s initial successes also reconfirm my belief and confidence in our media.

Well done. Good luck. And tashi delek!

The photograph, by Lucky Wangmo, features the BB editorial team with an exhausted opposition leader after the August 6th practice session.

 

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  1. Tashi P. Ganzin says:

    hello guys! how to become a follower of his excellency the OL’s blog? i am a craze fan of this blog but sometimes i forget to see the updates. if i can become a follower then i ll get the updates on my blog which will of course serve me as a reminder.
    Please help!
    G’day

    • hi tashi, if u are using blogspot, u can find a button to add blogs in your dashboard, just paste the homepage url there, it works.

  2. That was a good initiative on the part of these kids to come up with another newspaper in the country but I would like to remind them if I may that our country was never short of newspapers. We are only in dearth of quality newspapers which provided timely straight forward news without any bias and prejudice. This is what our newspapers don’t have- Kuensel is no doubt the government mouthpiece; Bhutan Times is financially obligated not to even think of some news involving some people who are their sponsors, forget writing anything about them; Bhutan Observer is struggling hard to survive; and Bhutan Today is almost on the verge of collapse. However this is not to discourage these young kids to come up with Business Bhutan in any way. That’s a great idea. They must go forward with it. Just don’t forget the expectations of the general public at all costs. If they can do that, Business Bhutan will be a flourishing newspapers. If not, they will succumb to the same old fates of the other newspapers.

    Good Luck.

    • Sorry to use this area to defend rather than add some good feedback, but have to. Just to straighten up the facts, BHUTAN TODAY IS NOT ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE.
      A finance paper is a welcome addition, and reading about money oughta be taken more seriously. Its a sign of the times, i like to think. We now have a finance paper. Good times, maybe.

  3. Tashi P. Ganzin says:

    thanks di for alys coming to my rescue.

    well Bhutan Today has no chance of collapsing with good reporters like our di here.
    keep up the good work di.

  4. check out http://www.businessbhutan.bt/?p=81 for more information. Thanks

  5. I wonder whether the onslaught of new business establishments (e.g. Business Bhutan) do any market research especially looking at size, quality and scope, and in the case of business bhutan, the readership size. Without market research information many businesses may become defunct /bankrupt after few years.

    Cheers

  6. Well, business bhutan, is a financial newspaper but with very limited financial news stories. I think it was a wrong idea to position itself as a business newspaper! However, I hope the reporters there would gradually mature and start writing about serious business stuff…
    until then…

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